Game review – Call of Duty: Vanguard (PS5)

Even although the Call of Duty collection has adopted the identical system for years and years, the franchise nonetheless makes thousands and thousands of {dollars} yearly. Ubisoft could have given us a break from Assassin’s Creed this 12 months, however 2021 nonetheless sees the discharge of Activision’s Call of Duty: Vanguard. 

The Call of Duty franchise has already lined a number of totally different time durations in its lengthy historical past, so Call of Duty: Vanguard takes the collection again to World War II. In this recreation, the marketing campaign is led by a gaggle of particular troopers needing to search out out what the Nazis have been planning in secret. 

The marketing campaign in Call of Duty: Vanguard is kind of distinctive as you play as 4 totally different troopers all through the six-hour gameplay size. The characters which you could embrace Arthur Kingsley, Polina Petrova, Lucas Riggs and Wade Jackson. 

Whilst the workforce is captured by the Nazis in 1945, the marketing campaign goes again in time to point out us how the particular troopers fared throughout the different vital moments throughout World War II. The cool factor about permitting you to play as totally different characters is that every of the missions really feel totally different, they usually stand out in comparison with different Call of Duty campaigns from previous video games. 

For instance, Arthur Kingsley is a pacesetter, and he can boss round non-playable characters for a quick second to assault a particular space. Polina Petrova is a sniping professional, and she or he’s enjoyable to play as a result of she will be able to bounce to greater platforms like Lara Croft does in a Tomb Raider recreation. 

Wade Jackson is a pilot, and he is ready to management a airplane throughout his temporary mission. I’ve to confess, it’s a bit inflexible to pilot a airplane on this recreation, though I admired the range in gameplay that it offered. The most boring character to play on this recreation is Lucas Riggs. He’s an explosive professional, however his missions are principally simply boots on the bottom. 

While it’s enjoyable to play as a number of characters within the marketing campaign, the unhappy factor is that the expertise is just too brief. You don’t get to know the characters for very lengthy, and then you definitely’re already onto the ultimate mission. That being stated, the ultimate mission remains to be enjoyable regardless that I wanted there was extra gameplay. 

I perceive Call of Duty video games are made on a good schedule, however it might have been cool if the campaigns have been longer than six hours or so. However, that is unlikely to vary since most gamers purchase Call of Duty video games for the Multiplayer mode. 

Speaking of Multiplayer, there are tons of new maps which you could play. For the core recreation modes, there are 16 maps that cowl many areas of the world throughout the 1940’s. An extra 4 extra maps are included within the recreation with the brand new mode referred to as Champion Hill. This mode enables you to play as duos and trios in a round-robin type of match. 

Aside from Champion Hill, a number of of the older recreation modes have appeared in earlier Call of Duty video games. These recreation modes embrace the likes of Team Deathmatch, Free for All, Domination, Kill Confirmed, Patrol, Hardpoint, and Search and Destroy. All of these recreation modes happen on little to medium-sized maps, so you will notice so much of different gamers working round always. 

Sadly, you gained’t see any big-scale maps that you just may get in Battlefield video video games. None of the Multiplayer recreation modes assist you to drive/pilot any autos, which is a bit of a disgrace. You are principally simply on the bottom working and capturing whereas killing different gamers. All of the motion is fast-paced so that you gained’t have to fret a couple of low inhabitants depend on the maps. 

The killstreak rewards are fairly cool from those I earned to this point. There is a information bomb which you could drop onto the map and even a radar system that may observe enemies. My favorite reward although is when you possibly can swimsuit up and kill tons of enemies with a strong flamethrower!

Another factor I like about Call of Duty video games is that Vanguard additionally permits you to play with bots offline. Using bots is a good way to get to know the maps and apply your expertise earlier than you attempt your luck with actual human gamers. It’s too unhealthy not many different recreation publishers supply AI bots for his or her multiplayer modes…

The remaining recreation mode that gamers will sink their tooth into is Zombies.  In the Zombies mode, you’re transported right into a hub space referred to as Der Anfang. After that, you possibly can enter portals in Der Anfang that take you to different totally different areas the place you do side-missions. These facet missions embrace surviving waves of zombies, amassing stuff, and even escorting a floating orb character. 

Aside from some minor variations, there’s not a lot else I can say in regards to the Zombies mode. You are nonetheless simply blasting infinite zombies, and the expertise nonetheless feels the identical as different video games within the collection. A component of me nonetheless misses the Spec  Ops missions from the Modern Warfare collection as they offered extra selection within the gameplay division. 

In phrases of presentation, Call of Duty: Vanguard appears fairly good because it ought to because it’s a AAA launch. The marketing campaign is the place the sport actually shines because the backgrounds look real looking and the character fashions are all extremely detailed. Not to say you possibly can play the sport at 4K at 60fps if you’re enjoying on PC, PS5 or Xbox Series X. 

While Call of Duty: Vanguard could not reinvent the wheel, it’s nonetheless a good entry to the franchise. Some COD veterans won’t like the sport’s multiplayer providing this 12 months, however the brief marketing campaign and Zombies modes are nonetheless fulfilling to play. 

Verdict: 8.0/10

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